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There's a clean and clear line between expressing yourself, and deciding that you want a mohawk and 40 facial piercings because all the other kids are doing it. If my children have something to say, I want to hear it, but when it comes to tattoos and body piercings that I don't feel are conducive to a good upbringing, they can get that when they pay their own rent. Until then...no dice. Believe it or not, kids don't always know what's best for them.
Not only are they able to ask students to leave for failing marks, but they are also allowed to ask troubled students to leave. Troubled students meaning those who cause chaos in the classroom. In my city, the public school teachers get absolutely no respect from some of the students. Don't get me wrong, just because you go to a public school doesn't mean you're a bad egg, I'm just saying that for those kids that feel that they are above the teacher, in a private school setting they would be asked to either shape up and get some respect, or leave. Such a shame, public school teachers are bowing down to their rowdy students because they don't want to be let go for "not being understanding enough to the children."
A lot of these things have no footings in the reality of private school.
Cost: Most private schools offer scholarship programs or reduced tuition based on family income.
Teaching degrees: I don't know what private schools are in your area, but in mine there are absolutely NO teachers in a private school without a degree in their course of instruction.
Less diverse choices: I'll agree with you here. Most private schools won't offer vocational classes such as wood shop. They offer mostly classes that will benefit through a college education.
Special education classes: This is not true. I've attended 3 different private schools and all of them had special education classes available. Because these schools are private, the availability of special education courses really depends on the available funding.
Entrance exam: FALSE. Only SOME private schools require a passing score on an entrance exam. A lot of private schools only require an entrance exam in order to help form the best curriculum for the student.
Religion based: This is purely a subjective matter.
This question is really kind of loaded. It all depends on how you wanna live your life. I don't feel like one is better than the other fundamentally, but I think you really need to choose a side that suits your beliefs and your morals better. For me that would be the republican side. I belief in tough love and working hard for what you want--picking yourself up out of the dirt when you get bucked off your horse. This is why this side gets my vote.
Illegals ruin it for people to get here legally. It took my aunt 10 years from being sponsored to actually being given permission from immigration (along with a visa and what not) to move here to the U.S. Let's look at it from the other side of things though. Americans sort of have a "oh I'm so above that" mentality when it comes to finding work. So what happens? Illegals are employed to come here and pick our apples, clean our homes, etc. Perhaps if they were removed, we could actually see some work ethic come back to America. You have to give the illegals this, they work for their money...and they work hard since they are probably going to be paid under the table. As such they're probably not going to complain to anyone if they're getting paid below minimum wage for fear of being reported and then deported. So to cut it short: remove em, and hopefully we can get some work ethic back into this fine country. You have to work to live here. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for immigration. We are all the descendants of immigrants. You are more than welcome into this country if you do it the legal way...that also means though that immigration is going to have to dissolve their current process of reviewing immigration apps. Why is it that it takes 10 years for a person from Southeast Asia to come here legally, but less than half that amount of time for someone from say, England, to get here?
Actually there are different levels of sin. There are venial sins which are considered the less serious of sins. Then there are mortal sins which are considered very serious. You cannot be "prayed" into Heaven just as your sins cannot be simply "erased" by doing community service. All sins may be forgiven if you ASK for forgiveness. The belief is that you have to be truly sorry for them. Part of the process is going to confession and using the priest as the middle man of sorts. Even a murderer can be forgiven if he is truly sorry in his heart for his actions and he attends confession willingly to admit to his wrongdoings. The basis for being forgiven for your sins is feeling the guilt. You can go confess to a priest all you want, but if you're not sorry for it, then you won't be forgiven. You make a lot of false assumptions in your post that really have no footings in the Catholic Church. People laugh all the time at the Catholic Church about a lot of things because they don't really understand what's behind it.
I think that Islam in its purest form is meant to help guide people into living the best life they can, just like Christianity or Taoism. I'm Catholic and I don't hate Muslims because NOT ALL MUSLIMS ARE BAD. In fact, most of them are probably just normal people like you and me, trying to make a living and being the best person they can be. This is a little known fact, but "God" and "Allah" are actually the same being. There is no difference. The difference begins at Jesus and Mohammed and then extends to small differences here and there. The only problem I have with Islam is radical Islam. Then again, even some of us Catholics are guilty of being radicals at one point in time. What can I say? Different groups from different religions all have their faults here and there. That's life.
My elementary and middle schools both required uniforms. You may not want to accept this, but it really leveled the playing field for us kids. Especially in middle school. There was no worry about brands, cost, etc. Sure you could buy a $30 white polo, but it wouldn't matter because someone paid $5 for the same thing and they were identical. The public school system in my area was considering requiring uniforms because they saw the difference in how private school uniformed kids were acting in school while having to wear the white polo and navy blue slacks. I also feel that the uniform is a form of structure. Kids will never admit this, but they WANT structure. They NEED it and they know they need it. Let's be honest, there's less violence in private schools, and I feel that the uniform really contributes to that.
Private schools for me! I went to private school and I attribute any success I have and will have from my private school education. I think there are a lot of misconceptions about private school that I think should be pointed out:
1. You can't go unless you're rich.
This is completely false. Most private schools (and ALL private schools in my area) offer scholarships or reduced tuition for families that want their children that want to attend, but can't afford full tuition.
2. All those kids learn about is religion.
This is also false. The only aspect of religion (that is if you go to a religious private school as I did) in a private school is the added subject area of religion. We still learned about science, math, and all the other "core" subjects. And no, we did not ignore scientific findings for the basis of religion. As Catholics, we tend to take the Bible more as a metaphor than a literal telling of the world.
3. Private school kids and their families are all snobs.
This is, as you guessed it, false. Part of the reason private schools use uniforms is to set all children on an equal playing field. There is no worry about brands or cost of clothing because it all looks the same! It's a way to help instill in the children that we are all equals. If a child attends a religious private school, part of their religion class will deal with treating everybody with respect no matter their race, income, religion, etc.
When I went to high school (I attended a private high school as well), a lot of kids from public middle schools also began attending. You could tell who came from a private school and who came from a public school. The public school kids were generally better with math and science, while the private school kids were better with English and speech skills. Another point I'd like to bring up is that in a private school, teachers don't have to deal with the same things as in a public school. In my city, a teacher just kind of has to swallow their pride when it comes to a student in a public school misbehaving. Officials don't want teachers that reprimand students that misbehave. In my private high school we had detentions, expulsions, suspensions, weekend sanctions, all of those things. If you misbehaved in class, you were asked to leave. We had to respect the teacher figure as well as all other adults.
I guess to sum it up. I fully support private schools and always will. My kids WILL attend private school.
I vote to not tan. Not because of racism or anything, because to create an argument like that regarding the changing of skin color makes the world appear as if things are black and white. First thing, melanin is a pigment. It can't be damaged. Second thing, by saying that the changing of skin color is racist, one could extend that to saying that changing hair color is racist. Melanin contributes to skin, hair, and eye color. If skin color doesn't define who a person is, then how is it racist? I don't even think skin lightening is racist. The ideas behind it may be racist, but not everyone who lightens their skin has those same ideas just as not everybody who tans has the idea that they want to be another race.
Racism aside, I personally do not like to tan on purpose as the damage from the sun has a negative cumulative effect on skin health and has been shown to greatly increase the chances of skin cancer. Melanin production is a sign of stress on your skin. There are other ways to get that sun kissed look without the damage that gets accumulated.
I'm not saying that melanin is damaged. Melanin can't be damaged because it's a pigment. I'm saying that it oxidizes under sun exposure thus giving the appearance of a darker look (essentially a one day tan). The basics of skin cell production state that it takes around 4-6 weeks for our skin to full regenerate. So if we take that and extend it a bit, it would be impossible for the newly melanin rich cells to be produced and revealed in the same day. This can be extended even more saying that your skin isn't protected by melanin rich cells until those very cells have been full produced and visible. That's why it takes a couple days for the tan to develop. The original poster is wrong in saying that melanin is damaged because it can't be...which makes this topic all the more difficult to argue. I may have misunderstood your original post a bit.
Last i checked, the woman can't make that baby without male "input." Facetiousness aside, until a woman can make a child on her own, the male deserves to be able to put in some input whether or not the woman carries the child for 9 months. It took two to make that child, so it should take two to decide whether or not to abort it.
Personally I say yes, but really it all depends on your opinion of when life starts. I'm not going to try to change anyone's mind though. If you don't believe in abortion, then don't get one. If you believe in abortion, don't try to convince someone who doesn't like it that it's okay.
I'd rather pay for high quality healthcare than be forced to pay for low quality healthcare. This is going to sound mean, but we are not all entitled to healthcare. You have to work for it. Sorry, but we are the land of the free. You're so free here that you have the freedom to surrender your privilege to healthcare by not working for it.
I'm sorry, I thought this was the USA, where the government doesn't control my life. They government should concentrate LESS on restriction and concentrate MORE on education. Tell people why they shouldn't eat certain foods rather than taking it away all together.
I feel like if you don't wanna pledge allegiance to a country that takes care of you and supports students with FREE public education, then you're free to leave and go somewhere that doesn't require that or be homeschooled. My God, political correctness has gotten WAY out of hand.
It should be made available, but parental consent should be required. Maybe a teenager is 17 and pregnant, but hey. Is that under 18? Yes. Is the age of a legal adult 18? Yes. Until then, parents should have full control. If you don't wanna tell your parents that you got knocked up, then invest in a 12 dollar box of high quality condoms. If that fails, then you were mature enough to have sex, so get mature enough to tell your parents you need them to sign off on having an abortion.
If you have nothing to believe in, then what's the point? Why would you be a good person in life if you didn't believe that it would pay off in the end? Religion isn't the only thing that causes war. Differing political ideologies too. Would the world be better without those too? There's more than one way to skin a cat.
Melanin produced during sun exposure, while stronger than most topical sunblocks, cannot protect from the sun exposure that triggered its production. Those tans that you get in a day is actually just the melanin that is already present in your skin oxidizing. A true tan take 2-3 days to full develop. Even so, it has been shown in dermatology that melanin itself will not protect you from all effects of sun. It is essentially a visible sign of sun damage.
I believe that for the most part, we have to earn our entitlements. We are not born with financial entitlements. I put in the 8 hours of work, not you. If you have got some sort of REAL problem (not some BS bummed knee or back pain that no one can really prove) that prevents you from working, then perhaps I would be happy to help, but other than that, those are my hours on the time clock, not yours.